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Okuda inducted into Hall of Honor

Okuda has been around softball for a majority of her life. She has played, coached and even reffed in the Olympics. Previous softball players that were coached by Okuda held softball bats as she made it back to her seat after her speech.

An Vo and Alexandria Buchanan

March 17, 2020

Until this year, Leilani Okuda was highlighted for umpiring at the Olympics. She can now add onto her titles as a member of the Hall of Honor, one of McKinley High School's traditions. She was nominated because of her contributions to the school and the community. Students and staff gathered at M...

Officer Kalama recognized for sacrifice

Colleagues and family came to honor police officer Kaulike Kalama, a McKinley alumni who was in the police department for nine years. Kalama died in a shooting during a call in January.

An Vo, editor

March 12, 2020

Students and staff gathered at McKinley High School’s gym on Jan. 31 to pay tribute to Officer Kaulike Kalama. Hawaii lost two of its finest police officers in a shooting during a call on Jan. 19, one of which was a fellow McKinley graduate from the class of 2003. Senior Regina Nguyen, st...

McKinley band and orchestra performs Pops Concert

McKinley's band and orchestra performed their annual Pops Concert to familiarize people with popular music.

An Vo, editor

March 4, 2020

The McKinley band and orchestra performed their Pops Concert on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the M.M. Scott Auditorium to familiarize people with popular songs. “We try to play music that relates more to pop culture; music that people are familiar with,” sophomore flutist Rona Lei Duldulao said. Duldulao sai...

‘Folks You Meet in Longs’ relates local students

Fiction. Cross-Cultural Writing. Set in Hawaii. 'FOLKS YOU MEET IN LONGS is simply magical. Through voice, Lee Ctaluna conjures up your neighbor, your co-worker, your raucous classmates, the old ladies you see in Chinatown, the uncles sitting in the garage, and you. Their images appear before you as you listen to Cataluna's dead-on capturing of sound with an incredible sensibility, artistry, and poignancy.

An Vo, editor

February 23, 2020

The drama class performed “Folks You Meet in Longs” during period 4 on Dec. 18 at M.M. Scott Auditorium. They performed in front of many classes. Lights were turned off at the beginning of the play. The actors had props to help them get in character and headed on stage, performing one act at ...

Environmental Club participates in Carbon Neutrality Challenge

Environmental Club participates in Carbon Neutrality Challenge

Leila Hirayama, guest writer

January 15, 2020

  On Dec. 7, the McKinley Environmental Club participated in The Carbon Neutrality Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to help make Hawaii the first carbon neutral state in the nation. The goal of this event was to plant 10,000 native trees. This can not be done without hard work. “The...

McKinley band and orchestra celebrates holiday with Winter Concert

McKinley High School's band and orchestra has presented their Winter Concert! It featured a selection of Christmas songs to celebrate the holiday season.

An Vo, editor

January 12, 2020

McKinley's music programs performed a holiday concert on December 14 with festive songs.

Make-A-Wish foundation hosts 7th annual Jingle Rock Run

The McKinley band played football music at Make-A-Wish Foundation's 7th annual Jingle Rock Run.

An Vo, editor

January 10, 2020

Jingle Rock Run celebrated its 7th annual run which is also a local charity with a family-friendly festive holiday walk in Downtown Honolulu on Dec. 15. Walkers, joggers, runners, strollers, and pets participated in the event to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, a nonprofit corporation, ...

Honolulu City Lights Parade 2019

McKinley High School's marching band has performed their final parade to celebrate the holiday season!

An Vo, editor

January 9, 2020

McKinley’s marching band performed the Honolulu City Lights Parade on Dec. 7 at 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. which started from Aala Park (King St.) and ended at Honolulu Hale. This was the last parade for the school year. Jennifer Nakamoto is a math teacher, department chair of the math department, and is the...

Band Boosters Association presents annual Craft Fair

The Craft Fair was presented by the Band Boosters Association to fundraise money for McKinley's band and orchestra program.

An Vo, editor

December 23, 2019

The McKinley Band Boosters Association held their annual Christmas Craft and Gift Fair. It is a way to support the school’s band and orchestra program. The craft fair was held in and around the cafeteria on campus at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the Sunday of Dec. 15. Freshman Eric Antonio visited the Cr...

Nip retires after 47 years of teaching

Chinese teacher Alvin Nip tinkers with fans and other machines in his spare time.

Ryan Vanairsdale, editor

December 18, 2019

If you walk into Chinese teacher Alvin Nip’s room, the first thing you may notice are all the fans he has. These aren’t new fans; they were broken. One thing Nip is known for is how he fixes these fans and gets them back in working order for teachers. “I like to tinker with things… When I w...